White Balance

Many photographers find white balance confusing. However, it is actually quite simple. The white balance is the color (temperature) of the light. For example: a picture taken inside with bluish florescent lighting will need a different white balance than that of a photograph taken with the sun as the only light. There are multiple ways to get the correct white balance. Setting the white balance manually in post processing is the best method. This is done by processing images that are in a RAW format (if your camera allows) with a RAW editor (e.g. Raw Therapee or Adobe Photoshop). My second favorite method is using my camera's auto white balance. This is because when I am photographing (when I am not using RAW), I don't want to take the time to set it manually. The last method, in camera manual white balance, is where you manually set the white balance on your camera. When you can't use RAW but want to take the best picture possible, this is the setting for you. However, whenever the lighting changes, you'll have to reset it. An explanation of some of the common settings for camera white balance are below. White Balance Settings I use Raw Therapee for most of my RAW image processing. To adjust the white balance of a picture in Raw Thereapee, you switch to the colour tab in the upper right corner. That will bring you to the color settings where you can adjust the temperature and tint. I often start it at auto and then adjust from there. So how will you know when you have the correct white balance? The correct white balance will display white as white. This means each color looks like itself without a red, green, or blue tint. Manual v.s. Auto                  

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